Shocking footage ‘shows Canberra star Tom Starling being repeatedly punched in the face by cop’
Shocking footage ‘shows Canberra star Tom Starling being repeatedly punched in the face by policeman’ during alleged birthday party brawl
- Tom Starling was arrested for his alleged role in a fight in December 2020
- The Canberra star was arrested along with his brothers Jackson and Josh.
- The trio have pleaded not guilty to their respective charges.
- The images shown to the court appear to show Starling being beaten by a police officer.
- The Raiders star and his brothers were celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday
Footage appearing to show Canberra star Tom Starling being punched in the face by police while being arrested was shown in court on Monday.
Starling, 23, and her brother Jackson, 25, and Josh, 20, were arrested for their alleged role in a fight that took place at the Shady Palms hotel on the Central Coast in December 2020.
The Starling brothers were reportedly celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday, when the youngest of the trio allegedly yelled at Karn Morrin, the head of security at Shady Palms.
Tom Starling (left) was arrested for his alleged role in a fight at a Central Coast hotel in 2020
According to the daily telegraphMorrin told the court that he had asked Starling’s mother to sit down, when Josh intervened.
“He yelled at me, ‘Don’t talk to my mom like that,’ a couple of times,” Morrin said.
Josh allegedly pushed the security guard, prompting police to intervene while they were on the premises for an unrelated incident.
In the ensuing fight, a police officer allegedly punched the Raiders star in the face multiple times.
The Raiders star was arrested along with his brothers Josh and Jackson, with all three pleading not guilty to charges in connection with the incident that unfolded in December 2020.
Starling (pictured with girlfriend Chelsea) was charged with resisting or hindering a police officer in the line of duty after his arrest.
A police officer’s own mobile phone recording of CCTV footage from the hotel was shown to Downing Center Local Court on Monday.
In it, one of the hotel’s management officers and staff looking at the CCTV footage can be heard saying, “They won’t want to see those footage,” while another noted “[It was] necessary force.
All three Starling brothers appeared in court alongside Jesse Byrne, who was also charged in connection with the incident.
The Canberra prostitute, her brother Jackson and Byrne have pleaded not guilty to charges of resisting or hindering a police officer in the performance of their duty, while Josh has pleaded not guilty. He pleaded not guilty to charges of resisting or hindering a police officer in the performance of his duty, common assault, and assault on an officer in the performance of his duty.
The court was shown a video of Starling allegedly being beaten by a police officer.
Jodie Watson, whose son was having his 21st birthday party at the venue, told the court that she saw Josh and Byrne thrown to the ground by police.
“I saw Josh [Starling] thrown to the ground by the police, he was treated quite roughly,” he said.
He was bleeding and very distressed. He had no idea what was going on. […] The [Byrne] he didn’t know what he had done wrong. The police seemed to push his head down and he was bleeding.
“I knelt down next to Byrne and the police told me if I didn’t move they would arrest me.”